Darley Abbey Derbyshire Family History Guide

Darley Abbey is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Derbyshire, created in 1847 from Derby St Alkmund Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Little Derby

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1819
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1819

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Methodist New Connexion.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Allestree
  • Mackworth
  • Derby St Paul
  • Derby St Alkmund

Manufacturing: Writing paper manufactory: 80 persons employed in 1846; Cotton mill: 750 persons employed in 1846.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DARLEY-ABBEY, or Little Derby, a chapelry or liberty in the district and county of Derby; on the river Derwent, adjacent to the Derby and Leeds railway, 1¼ mile N of Derby. Post town, Derby. Real property, £4,322. Pop., 967. Houses, 161. A small Augustinian priory was founded here, in the time of Henry I., by the Abbot of St. Helens; and given, at the dissolution, to the Wests. A mansion, called Darley Abbey, is now the seat of T. W. Evans, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150. Patron, T. W. Evans, Esq. The church is modern.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918


History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire Bagshaw 1846


County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Derby
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Derby
Poor Law Union: Derby
Hundred: Morleston and Litchurch
Province: Canterbury